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Location: 2242 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 • Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Josh Blauvelt, Asst. Director; Tom McCue, BS, Env. Health Specialist II; Francis Koch, Env.Technician; Pat De Haven, Secretary; Seasonal Mosquito Technicians
The Division's Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program began in the mid-1970's in response to an outbreak of St. Louis Encephalitis in Allen County. Currently, the Program utilizes 4 - 6 seasonal employees to respond to complaints, inspect and treat mosquito breeding sites, place adult mosquito traps, and conduct night-time spraying to control disease-carrying mosquitoes, if necessary. The Program runs from May to mid-October.
Sanitary code enforcement is conducted by full-time staff. Examples of a need for code enforcement are residents storing un-rimmed tires and open containers outside and not maintaining swimming pools and spas.
As mentioned, adult mosquitoes are captured in gravid traps and tested weekly for mosquito-borne viruses, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St Louis Encephalitis, and West Nile virus. If one of these viruses is found in a sample, a 1/2-mile radius area around the positive trap location may be sprayed with an EPA-approved adulticide. Spraying will occur after a 24-hour notice is provided to the public through the media and postings on the Department's website, www.allencountyhealth.com. To receive an email notification when the Department will be spraying, click here to sign up.
Education is also a component of the Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program. When inspecting a property, employees educate homeowners and tenants about prevention measures, such as flushing out birdbaths once a week and wearing repellants. When a mosquito-borne virus is identified in the mosquitoes, a press release is sent out with prevention measures listed.
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Rats deposit 40 - 50 droppings daily, while urinating 0.5 ounces; mice deposit 50 - 75 droppings, while leaving 3,000 urine droplets behind.